Department of Agriculture April 4, 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Importation of Lemons From Chile Into the Continental United States
Document Number: 2016-07673
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-04-04
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are proposing to amend the fruits and vegetables regulations to list lemon (Citrus limon (L.) Burm. f.) from Chile as eligible for importation into the continental United States subject to a systems approach. Under this systems approach, the fruit would have to be grown in a place of production that is registered with the Government of Chile and certified as having a low prevalence of Brevipalpus chilensis. The fruit would have to undergo pre-harvest sampling at the registered production site. Following post-harvest processing, the fruit would have to be inspected in Chile at an approved inspection site. Each consignment of fruit would have to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that the fruit had been found free of Brevipalpus chilensis based on field and packinghouse inspections. This proposed rule would allow for the safe importation of lemons from Chile using mitigation measures other than fumigation with methyl bromide.
Importation of Fresh Cherimoya Fruit From Chile Into the United States
Document Number: 2016-07653
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-04-04
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
We are proposing to amend the regulations to allow the importation of fresh cherimoya fruit from Chile into the continental United States, provided that fruit is produced in accordance with a systems approach, as an alternative to the currently required treatment. Commercial consignments of fresh cherimoya fruit are currently authorized entry into all ports of the United States from Chile subject to a mandatory soapy water and wax treatment. The proposed systems approach would include requirements for production site registration, low pest prevalence area certification, post-harvest processing, and fruit cutting and inspection at the packinghouse. The fruit would also be required to be imported in commercial consignments and accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Chile with an additional declaration stating that the consignment was produced in accordance with the regulations. Fresh cherimoya fruit that does not meet the conditions of the systems approach would continue to be allowed to be imported into the United States subject to treatment. This action would allow for the importation of fresh cherimoya fruit from Chile while continuing to provide protection against the introduction of plant pests into the continental United States.
Notice of Funds Availability: Inviting Applications for the Emerging Markets Program
Document Number: 2016-07638
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-04
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces that it is inviting proposals for the 2017 Emerging Markets Program (EMP). The intended effect of this notice is to solicit applications from the private sector and from government agencies for fiscal year 2017 and to set out criteria for the award of funds under the program in October 2016. The EMP is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).
Notice of Funds Availability: Inviting Applications for the Foreign Market Development Cooperator Program
Document Number: 2016-07637
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-04
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces that it is inviting proposals for the 2017 Foreign Market Development Cooperator (Cooperator) program. The intended effect of this notice is to solicit applications from eligible applicants for fiscal year 2017 and to set out criteria for the award of funds under the program in October 2016. The Cooperator program is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).
Notice of Funds Availability: Inviting Applications for the Market Access Program
Document Number: 2016-07636
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-04
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces that it is inviting proposals for the 2017 Market Access Program (MAP). The intended effect of this notice is to solicit applications from eligible applicants for fiscal year 2017 and to set out criteria for the award of funds under the program in October 2016. The MAP is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).
Notice of Funds Availability: Inviting Applications for the Quality Samples Program
Document Number: 2016-07635
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-04
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces it is inviting proposals for the 2017 Quality Samples Program (QSP). The intended effect of this notice is to solicit applications from eligible applicants for fiscal year 2017 and to set out the criteria for the award of funds under the program in October 2016. QSP is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).
Notice of Funds Availability: Inviting Applications for the Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops Program
Document Number: 2016-07633
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-04
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces that it is inviting proposals for the 2017 Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops (TASC) program. The intended effect of this notice is to solicit applications from the private sector and from government agencies for fiscal year 2017 and to set out criteria for the award of funds in October 2016. The TASC program is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).
National Organic Standards Board (NOSB): Notice of Intent To Renew Charter and Call for Nominations
Document Number: 2016-07616
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-04
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) was established to assist in the development of standards for substances to be used in organic production and to advise the Secretary on the implementation of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA). Through this Notice, USDA is announcing the following: its intent to renew the Charter of the NOSB, which expires on May 8, 2016; its call for nominations to fill five (5) upcoming vacancies for appointments in 2017, and its call for nominations for a pool of candidates to fill future unexpected vacancies in any of the position categories should that occur.
Ashley Resource Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2016-07568
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-04
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
The Ashley Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Vernal, Utah. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act. RAC information can be found at the following Web site: http://cloudapps-usda-gov.force.com/ FSSRS/RAC_Page?id=001t0000002JcvKAAS.
Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2016-07506
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-04-04
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended), the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) invites comments on this information collection for which approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will be requested.
Federal Agency Final Regulations Implementing Executive Order 13559: Fundamental Principles and Policymaking Criteria for Partnerships With Faith-Based and Other Neighborhood Organizations
Document Number: 2016-07339
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-04-04
Agency: Agency for International Development, Agencies and Commissions, Department of Agriculture, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of Veterans Affairs
The Agencies publishing this final rule amend or establish their regulations to implement Executive Order 13279, as amended by Executive Order 13559. Executive Order 13279 established fundamental principles to guide the policies of Federal agencies regarding the participation of faith-based and other community organizations in programs that the Federal agencies administer. Executive Order 13559 amended Executive Order 13279 to clarify those principles and add certain protections for beneficiaries of Federal social service programs.